The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) has designated February 11 and 12, 2012, as Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. On those days, youth under age 16 may hunt when accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Regular waterfowl season shooting hours, bag limits, legal arms and ammunitions apply to the special days.
“Hunting under the supervision of an experienced adult hunter is one of the best ways young people can acquire the necessary skills to become an accomplished, lifetime hunter,” said N. Gunter Guy, Jr., ADCNR Commissioner.
Youth are defined as individuals age 15years and younger. Adults are defined as individuals age 25 years and older, or as the parent of the youth. The adult must have a state hunting license, state and federal waterfowl stamp, and a free harvest information program stamp.
To participate in the hunt, individuals must be accompanied by an adult supervisor. The adult supervisor, who may not hunt, must remain within arm’s length of the youth at all times.The adult supervisor may accompany up to two youth participants during the hunt.
Only one firearm will be allowed per youth, and only the youth hunters will be permitted to utilize the firearm for hunting.The adult is expected to review the rules of firearm safety and hunter ethics with each youth and ensure they are followed.
For more information on the Special Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, contact David Hayden at (334) 242-3469 or visit the Outdoor Alabama website,www.outdooralabama.com.